Funding Opportunities for Students


The Office of Graduate Studies along with San Jose State University and the California State University system are proud to sponsor several programs, awards, and competitions designed to cultivate and encourage student research and scholarship for current graduate students. Please browse through our programs listed on the side-bar to find out application requirements, deadlines, and past winners. 

In addition SJSU has over 900 general and departmental scholarships available, ranging from $100 to $1,000 per year. Different sources fund these scholarships, including private donors, alumni, and private industry. Awards are generally based on scholastic achievement and financial need. About one-half of the awards are administered by the Financial Aid Scholarship Committee and one-half by the various academic departments on campus. Contact your department or college directly for a list of funding programs they may offer, as well as for information on the various research or teaching assistantships that are available at San José State University.

Scholarships and Awards

Bertha Kalm Scholarship

Up to six $6,500 awards will be given to first-year students in a master's degree program at SJSU.

CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

The CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) is designed to increase the pool of faculty candidates with the qualifications, motivation, and skill to teach the diverse student body in the CSU. The CDIP will lend participants who are full-time doctoral students up to $10,000 annually to a limit of $30,000 over a five-year period.

Graduate Equity Fellowship

Under the Graduate Equity Fellowship Program, awards ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 may be made to graduate students enrolled at SJSU for the Fall/Spring academic year in which the call for applications is announced.

Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship

This CSU scholarship program is designed for upper division or master's degree students with doctoral aspirations.

Student Competitions

Outstanding Thesis Award

Each college can nominate one thesis for competition, and Outstanding Thesis Awards (1 or 2) of $500 are available to the top winner(s).